The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus looks pretty similar to their predecessors, but they have some subtle design changes that mean iPhone 6 / 6S screen protectors may not fit on the newer models — as reported by 9to5Mac today. If you were tempted to transfer your existing screen protector to your new phone, or pick up a discounted iPhone 6S screen protector, you may want to reconsider.
Here’s an excerpt from their article that provides more information:
We first heard rumblings of compatibility issues over the weekend and were able to independently confirm these changes with help from prominent iPhone accessory maker ZAGG. The major point of contention is the updated earpiece on iPhone 7 which is now wider, perhaps to help with stereo audio support and waterproofing.
The width variance is much more significant on 7 Plus so you’ll almost certainly need to buy a new screen protector. iPhone 7’s earpiece is larger than iPhone 6/s (but not by much) so there’s a slight chance some legacy protectors could work. Apple also moved the front iSight camera so be careful with screen protectors that feature a front camera cutout.
It’s all pretty straight-forward stuff, but it’s something you might not think about when looking at an iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 side by side.
We’re getting in a fresh new inventory for the iPhone 7, so you can be sure that all of our screen protectors have been tested to fit your new iPhone perfectly. Whether you’re looking for a tempered glass model or good old plastic, we’re sure to have something to suit. Take a look at our full range here:
Thanks for checking out the article, and stay tuned for more iPhone 7 news in the coming days and weeks!